A year in politics
By Paul Routledge - 19 December 12:00

As Blair's revolution limps into its final stage, writers are asking where it all went wrong

Too many stones unturned
By Heather Brooke - 19 December 12:00

Observations on secrecy

Life through the lens
By David Puttnam - 19 December 12:00

Films have never just been about entertainment - they have also been a powerful force for social cha

The politics review of the year - Martin Bright
By Martin Bright - 19 December 12:00

Only dedicated conspiracy theorists believed the threat was invented by the intelligence services, b

NS Essay - 'It's noticeable how little historical perspective and sweep many MPs have, particularly when discussing something big such as Iraq'
By Greg Neale - 19 December 12:00

History may be fashionable on television and in the bookshops, but our politicians understand it les

Rory's year on the funny side
By Rory Bremner - 19 December 12:00

If ever I need cheering up I only have to think of IDS delivering the line: "The quiet man is here t

Kevin Maguire's village feast
By Kevin Maguire - 19 December 12:00

A year of name-calling, backstabbing and plots: business as usual in the den of iniquity

The media column - Peter Wilby
By Peter Wilby - 12 December 12:00

There is rarely any point reading to the end of a politician's article; you know exactly where he or

Andrew Billen - Tough at the top
By Andrew Billen - 12 December 12:00

Television - The rigours of political life ease if you can cash in afterwards, writes Andrew Billen

No sex, no drugs: wooing the Saffys
By William Higham - 12 December 12:00

James is watching his favourite rock band. Dressed in black, he dances aggressively, his lip and eyebrow pierced, tattoo on his forearm. He might seem a typical teenager, but his Gothic exterior conceals a different attitude.

The business column - Patrick Hosking
By Patrick Hosking - 12 December 12:00

The seven years the new Tory leader spent in PR left few business journalists with a kind word to sa

How to make him sweat
By Martin Bright - 12 December 12:00

For the first time since 1997, Labour's inner circles sense there is a real opposition and, what's m

Village life - Kevin Maguire bets Dave downloads on his own
By Kevin Maguire - 12 December 12:00

How Willy loses a fortune, Boy George has early night and Ali C puts on the frighteners

Dave's here. Don't panic!
By Staff blogger - 12 December 12:00

One part of the new Labour psyche has been consistently misdiagnosed. Far from suffering from an overdose of self-belief, Tony Blair's lieutenants have shown all the signs of lack of confidence.

Gordon tells families: it's good to talk
By Donald Hirsch - 12 December 12:00

Observations on tax credits

Panic in Whitehall
By Martin Bright - 05 December 12:00

Exclusive - For three months, behind the scenes, senior civil servants have been trying to stem an o

Battle of the benches
By Robert Verkaik - 05 December 12:00

Blair and co outraged the judges by undermining their independence, but cutting their pensions may b

Rory's week - Rory Bremner imagines Michael Howard as a witch
By Rory Bremner - 05 December 12:00

Adair Turner's proposal that those approaching retirement should carry on in their jobs for another

Village life - Kevin Maguire doubts the Medway Mauler's truce
By Kevin Maguire - 05 December 12:00

The PM bothered, a missing overcoat, big-money ranters and niggles in the Labour ranks

Our greed for energy will be our downfall
By Staff blogger - 05 December 12:00

The question is not: can we sustain our energy supply without learning to love nuclear? It is, or at least should be: can Britain and similar countries sustain present levels of energy consumption without causing economic instability and environmental disaster?

NS Interview - Ruth Kelly
By Mary Riddell - 05 December 12:00

'You just have to take people on and show you're serious about creating a fair society'. Ruth Kelly

Electoral terrorism
By Richard Berry - 05 December 12:00

Observations on dead candidates

For whom the decibels toll
By Andrew Martin - 05 December 12:00

Special report - The night before Andrew Martin took his first flight, at the age of 13, he couldn't

Rory's week - Rory Bremner imagines a Blair-Cameron team
By Rory Bremner - 28 November 12:00

Perhaps the PM should adopt Ariel Sharon's latest wheeze: ditch his recalcitrant party and create an

The futility of secrecy
By Staff blogger - 28 November 12:00

He's done it several times before on a smaller scale, so it seems eminently conceivable that George W Bush should want to finish the job properly.

Apartheid
By John O'Farrell - 28 November 12:00

They don't shop in the same shops, swim in the same pools or even wait at the same bus stops. Peace

The politics column - Jon Trickett on Labour's Tory white paper
By John Trickett - 28 November 12:00

For those who read the Tory manifesto earlier this year, there is more than a hint of deja vu about

Lobby fodder no longer
By Philip Cowley - 21 November 12:00

Tony Blair's defeat over the 90-day detention plans has killed two long-lasting Westminster myths: that Labour MPs are supine and that, however much they were prepared to rebel when the government had a large majority, they would behave themselves once the going was tougher.

Has Blair lost his grip?
By Martin Bright - 21 November 12:00

The PM's allies have told him, in no uncertain terms, that he must rebuild trust in the party. But a

Rory's week - Rory Bremner mourns a wise educationalist
By Rory Bremner - 21 November 12:00

Reality managed to outdo even Ted Wragg's attempts at parody, as when two government departments set

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